So you want to be a freelance writer? Huh. Well I can tell you how to do it. And in three steps, no less. (You can also get a free ebook along the same lines.)
Maybe you read about a celebrity getting a million dollar advance. Perhaps you saw an ad promising to train you in copy writing so you could easily earn a six figure income. Or maybe you’ve got an idea for a book you’re sure would be a best seller. It could be you just want so see your name in print.
Somehow or another you decided to give freelance writing a try and now you’re wondering what to do next.
You’re in the right place because I’m going to show you exactly how to be a freelance writer in three steps:
1 – Write
Over time I’ve talked with a whole bunch of people who thought they wanted to become writers, freelance or otherwise. When I suggested that the very first thing they have to do is write, many of them fade away.
You’ve got to write. I don’t care if you write with your computer, a pen or pencil on sheets of paper, use a typewriter (remember those?) or carve letters into stone. Nothing will happen until you write, and write, and write some more, and then do it all over again, and again.
2 – Rewrite
Once you’ve written, take about 10 seconds to congratulate yourself. Any longer and you’ll be tempted to skip the next step, which is to rewrite what you’ve written.
This is where you tear apart your deathless prose, re-arrange it, add to it, subtract from it and generally turn a draft into a piece of polished writing.
Rewriting is in many cases much harder than writing. But if you want to become a writer, rewriting is part of the game.
3 – Market
Okay, you’ve got your article or book or poem or essay polished. It’s ready to go.
Go to who is the question. Which is precisely what you have to find out. Who might want what you’ve written and then you’ve got to sell it to them.
Selling it to them, even if you don’t get paid, is how you get published.
It’s called marketing. Marketing is an integral part of freelance writing. There’s simply no escaping this fact.
Do these three steps guarantee or even make it more likely that you’ll be successful as a freelance writer? Of course not.
But I can promise you you won’t get there if you don’t use all three of these steps.